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Open Diff: Tool Chest or Black Hole?

Posted August 21, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Discussion tool chest Tools

I have a confession to make: I am a tool hoarder. Were I loyal to one brand of automobile or motorcycle, or even a single nationality, this would pose less of a problem, but over the course of three-and-a-half decades driving or riding vehicles from around the globe, I’ve amassed quite a collection of single- or limited-purpose tools.

Take my collection of oil-filter wrenches, for example. There are strap wrenches of varying sizes and articulation, supplemented by slip-on cups of every size. Need one that fits inside the recessed tunnel of a BMW Oilhead? I’ve got you covered. Need to remove the always-overtorqued-by-the-dealer canister filter from a late model Toyota? I’ve got that style as well, along with the oversize socket (34mm, if I remember correctly) needed for the E46 BMW 3 Series.

What does your tool chest look like?

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